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Mar
31

COVID-19 POLICY TIMELINE

This list was last updated on March 31, 2020For more information on OFL’s advocacy for workers during the COVID-19 crisis click here. Below is a policy timeline on COVID-19 for reference and sharing. The OFL will continue to monitor policy changes as further information becomes available. Our advocacy work continues, and we will stay vigilant…

Mar
23

COVID-19 INFORMATION

This page was last updated March 25, 2020 Below is a list of resources on COVID-19. This list includes the OFL response to Ford’s emergency legislation, demands for workers during the pandemic, a fact sheet outlining short-term and long-term actions to avoid the harm that the virus can bring to your health, and an important timeline…

Mar
13

COVID-19 Info Sheet: Wash your hands of germs, racism, and xenophobia

The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. It is transmitted in much the same way as the flu. This fact sheet outlines short-term and long-term actions to avoid the harm that the virus can bring to your health and to the people in your communities. Click here for other information and labour resources on…

Mar
7

Op-ed: This International Women’s Day, we are mobilizing to defeat Ford

Ontario Conservatives launched their war on women the moment they took office.  March 8 is International Women’s Day. What better time to take a look at the PCs abysmal record on women’s issues? The most recent misogynist attack came Thursday, when the government withdrew $1 million in extra funding for rape crisis centres, money that…

Mar
4

Coalition of Ontario unions files charter challenge to protect free and fair collective bargaining

(le français suit) A coalition of Ontario unions, coordinated by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), and representing approximately 270,000 employees and over forty different unions, announced today that they have filed a constitutional challenge to Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act.  Bill 124 violates the collective bargaining rights enshrined…

Feb
25

OFL celebrates Foodora couriers’ historic victory

The Ontario Federation of Labour celebrates the ruling of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), which found that Foodora couriers must be classified as dependent contractors, allowing the couriers to move forward in their bid to unionize, and commends Foodora couriers on their steadfast commitment to winning decent work in the gig economy. “This is…

Feb
25

Ford tracker: PC actions to date

This list was last updated on February 25 2020Click here to download the Ford Tracker.Cliquez ici pour télécharger le Ford Tracker “Gardons Forda l’oeil”, le 25 juillet 2019.  PC actions to date (highlights): February 2020 Forcing young women to go through their parents if they need birth control (as well as other prescription drugs if they…

Feb
20

Conservatives’ policy conference to be met with rally of thousands protesting cuts

(TORONTO, ON) – A rally of thousands will gather in Niagara Falls on February 22, during the PC policy conference in the border city. Labour and community groups will fill the streets of Niagara Falls, sending the message to conference delegates that Ontario workers, families, and communities do not want the Conservatives’ cuts. “This government…

Feb
13

More than 150 organizations call for Pharmacare Now

We are a diverse coalition of 150 national and provincial organizations representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, business, seniors and patients from coast to coast to coast. In November 2019, over 150 of our organizations signed a joint Pharmacare Now Statement calling on all parties to work together to implement universal, public pharmacare within this government’s mandate. We are now calling on your government to make the financial commitments that are needed in this year’s budget to make this program a reality.

Feb
13

The OFL stands with the Wet’suwet’en Nation and solidarity protests across Canada

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) affirms its solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation, as they steadfastly defend their territories, and with those who are actively supporting Indigenous sovereignty through protests and blockades across Ontario and Canada. The recent arrests of land defenders is yet another shameful example of Canada’s failure to implement…

Jan
24

Ryerson University decision an assault on democracy, says OFL

The Ontario Federation of Labour condemns the ill-conceived and short-sighted decision of Ryerson University to terminate its operating agreement with the Ryerson Students Union (RSU). The RSU has been instrumental in fighting for student autonomy and student-led change on campus for 72 years. “This is an attack on student union autonomy and the right for…

Jan
24

African Liberation and Black History Month Legacy series: Gentrification is Environmental Racism

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada and the Ontario Federation of Labour are celebrating African Liberation and Black History Month by launching our second annual Legacies of Labour and Community Activism poster series. The Legacies series honours the historical achievements of African Canadians and features the ongoing contributions of activists in the Black community. Generations of…

Jan
23

Workers’ Comp Conference: 30 Years of Advocacy, Being the Change

Specially designed for injured worker representatives and advocates, this conference celebrates 30 years of our accomplishments and achievements in the movement. The conference provides a forum for looking back and to the future in worker’s comp and disability accommodation. The conference offers attendees comprehensive panel discussions and choice of workshops exploring key topics in the…

Jan
22

Solidarity with locked out Co-op refinery workers in Regina

(Toronto) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), which represents one million unionized workers, and advocates on behalf of all working people in the province of Ontario, sends solidarity and support to the 730 members of Unifor Local 594 who remain locked out by their employer, Federated Co-op Ltd in Saskatchewan.  The Monday evening intervention…

Jan
16

OFL stands in solidarity with AEFO

français The Ontario Federation of Labour, its 54 affiliated unions, and labour councils stand in support and solidarity with the 12,000 members at Ontario’s 12 French-language school boards, as they take action to protect Ontario’s public education system from government cuts. “The labour movement is unified in its support for ensuring a strong public education…